This stretch warrants improvements primarily because of the opening of the new Talley Street 3-5 elementary school, slated for August, and also because there is no sidewalk on Columbia’s east side. The three options are these:
- A 10-foot multi-use path (shared by pedestrians, runners, all bicyclists), a three-foot grass strip (separating path from Columbia) while leaving both left-hand turn lanes from Columbia to Derrydown Way.
- The same as A except both Columbia turn lanes get eliminated
- An eight-foot sidewalk (for pedestrians, runners and bicyclists under 12), five-foot grass strip and no turns lanes from Columbia to Derrydown.
All three options include narrowing Columbia to two 11½-feet traffic lanes. Alan Wieczynski, with city consultant Breedlove Land Planning, said during the open house that some portions of Columbia currently have 14-foot wide lanes “which definitely encourages speed.”